Dr Chris Dipper
Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist
BMedSci BMBS FRCP(Edin) CertClinED CEFTS
"I enjoy the luxury of time available when working at the Spire Hospital to carefully listen to patients, in a pleasant and relaxed environment and to jointly formulate a plan of investigation and treatment. The facilities are excellent and the entire staff are committed to each patient's care."
I have been a Consultant Gastroenterologist for over 12 years. I pride myself in ensuring that I take time to listen carefully to patients, establish the diagnosis and then work out a management strategy together which I see through to positive outcomes. I am an expert in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, managing tertiary referrals from across the region.
I specialise in diagnostic and therapeutic Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy and strive to deliver high quality, comfortable procedures for patients with excellent results.
To date, I have performed over 5,000 colonoscopies and 5,000 gastroscopies. I pride myself in offering a personal service aimed at delivering high quality procedures with great outcomes, whilst always prioritising comfort. I exceed all of the nationally set endoscopic performance indicators. I am an accredited Bowel Cancer Screening Colonoscopist and I am adept at managing complex polyps via therapeutic colonoscopy.
I lead the Enteral Nutrition service at Newcastle, which means that I am skilled in therapeutic endoscopy and in assessing and subsequently managing patients requiring enteral feeding. One of my special interests is in assessing and managing functional bowel disorders including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation and Vomiting. I am a member of the regional Functional Bowel Multi-disciplinary Team. I also have expertise in the diagnosis and management of peptic ulcer disease, gastro-oesophageal reflux, Coeliac Disease and Barretts oesophagus.
I am currently an Associate Medical Director with Newcastle Hospitals. My portfolio includes leading the delivery of Acute Care, Diagnostics and Community Services within the Trust. Prior to my current role, I was Clinical Director for Medicine with Newcastle Hospitals for 5 years, responsible for managing 135 Consultants within the Directorate of Medicine and a budget of circa £100 Million. I was one of 30 clinicians selected nationally to be part of the 3 year NHS Academy flagship Clinical Executive Fast Track Scheme (CEFTS) in 2018 aimed at training and promoting talented clinical leaders into senior board level positions. I achieved that CEFTS award in 2019.
In addition to my clinical work, I am an Associate Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. I am current faculty on local Endoscopy and Colonoscopy training courses and have been invited as training faculty for Colonoscopy courses nationally.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Chris Dipper at Spire include:
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MBBS / University of Nottingham Medical School / 2001
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MBBS is the degree given to doctors on qualification from Medical School and enables GMC registration
I am an Associate Medical Director within Newcastle Hospitals
Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust (Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman Hospital)
I enjoy eating out with my wife and daughter in local restaurants and going away on family holidays. I play squash and enjoy walking in the Lakes. I also love skiing in the Alps.